The Tees Valley Logistics Academy is set up to service the demands of the industry by working in close partnership with employers to identify the needs of the sector, offer bespoke training opportunities and help raise awareness among all ages.
Set up in collaboration with Stockton Riverside College, the Academy recognises that logistics is the very lifeblood of the Tees Valley’s industrial landscape; that is why it is so important, by working alongside industry employers and experts, we are able to offer a service that responds to real demands.
16-18 Career Ready with Tees Valley Logistics Academy
Career Ready with Tees Valley Logistics Academy
Through the Career Ready initiative, and working with a range of industry leaders, the Tees Valley Logistics Academy aims to raise awareness of the sector among young people aged 16-18, and in doing so, encourage them to see it as a viable career option. The young people get the chance to develop their knowledge and skills by taking part in masterclasses, site visits and mentoring opportunities. The Career Ready programme also gives its young learners the chance to get their first taste of work in this highly dynamic sector through a placement or internship.
Benefits of the Career Ready scheme with the Tees Valley Logistics Academy:
Learners are assigned a senior member of a leading logistics company as a mentor.
Attendance at eight masterclasses delivered by industry leaders.
Through educational visits the young people see first-hand how the logistics sector operates. Recent trips have included London, NEC in Birmingham and the Northern Rail hub in Newcastle.
Support to develop employability skills – how to be successful at interviews and CV development.
Experience the world of work through a paid four week summer internship.
100% of employers responding to the UKCES Employers Skills Survey believe a Logistics Academy is needed in Tees Valley. Reasons given include:
A need to improve awareness and perceptions about the logistics industry
To help young people be industry-ready.
To help meet the current shortage in drivers.
Employers said they would use the Tees Valley Logistics Academy to meet their skills needs, the majority (80%) reported that they would likely or very likely use the Academy for Apprenticeship, including Higher Level Apprenticeship Training.
The main skills shortages cited by employers include:
Leadership and management skills
Technical skills (e.g. driving skills and vehicle technicians)
Steve Cockeline, PD Ports
“Wajid will leave our operations with a greater understanding of just what it is like to be involved in such a dynamic industry and I am pleased to have been a part of the development of his knowledge and skills. From a company perspective it is imperative that we demonstrate our commitment to the next generation of potential employees and these young people coming into the business provide us with a glimpse of what skills and knowledge they can bring to our operations.”